WEEK HEROES #19

It’s been a while since my last WEEK HEROES, so here is a fresh one for you. It’s kind of collective loves and wants – from books to nails, from video to beauty cravings. wk19

Must-see: Anna and Lily posted new Beauty Chat video – full of hilarious and interesting questions, funny and useful answers, packed with jokes and laugh that made me laugh – so catching. I love those beauty chats, they are cozier and warmer then the usual ones, like you are talking to a friend. They reveal more personality and more real emotions, if I can say so, then their ordinary videos!

Must-buy: Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita quad – availablehere. Let’s just have a moment to appreciate this baby! I’ve heard so much about those quads – they are very buttery, smooth, blendable, pigmented – the best quality you just expect from an eyeshadow. And the shades… this brick burgundy shade and the pop gold glitter… OMG. It’s damn pricey, but i think it’s worth every penny.

Must-read: The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. Those series are about teenage boy and girl that can travel through time. They have a certain mission to complete but the normal life with love, school, jealousy, homework, family scandals doesn’t go away – they just have to deal with both. I read book after book and even it’s more of a teen book I still enjoyed reading it – it’s one of those easy reads with jokes, awkward situations and some sad moments.

Must-wear: I know it’s summer and black shade doesn’t scream very sunny and bright. But I was rocking Essie in Licorice the whole week and actually was sad to remove it – it looks very sleek and polished on the nails, very sophisticated. I instantly make your hands more delicate and eye-catching. I don’t know how to describe it but if you never tried black on your nails – you definitely should! You won’t regret, I promise!

Must-have: It first I was a but skeptical about those relatively new Clinique Chubby Stick For Eyes – there are so many of those on the market, I was very very happy with my KIKO eyeshadow sticks so I thought I won’t even bother. But when I so the shades, the especially that purple-ish grey-ish shade a.k.a Lavish Lilac I began dreaming about it. When swatches on the store I knew right away I need this – they are very creamy and blend able, but once the set they set. They won’t budge.at.all. And this shade looks very flattering on the eye – who knew…

What do you think about above mentioned things? Have your tried something of that? What were you stand outs for last weeks?

-S

 

 

 

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Top Summer Picks

When Bella and I decided to do a collar post we knew we wanted it to be a summer inspired and what can be more summery than some product recommendations? After done with reading my post go over to Bella’s blog.

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As far as makeup goes is pretty obvious, right? Self-taner, bright eyeliner and tinted lip balm. This summer purple is in trend right now which I couldn’t been more pumped about since it’s my favorite color. For that I can rely on my new-ish MAC Designer Purple eyeliner – full review here. Bright, sparkling purple goddess. Nothing else to say. Summer is time for minis  – shorts, skirts and for glowy healthy wash of color I love to use Caudalie Divine Legs – it bronzy shimmery lotion that you apply onto you legs (and arms as I do) and you forget about pale veiny skin for the day. In the evening you just rinse it off and you are pale again – sad.. but tomorrow is the the day, right? *wink-wink*. And to protect your lips but still give a slight tint – love my little pot – Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine. It nourishes the lips, gives them the wet finish with pink hue (in a good way of course).

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The more interesting part – nails. Here things are getting more interesting and experimenting. Liquid sand, neon and trend color. As for liquid sand I go for OPI – Can’t Let Go shade was part of the Mariah Carey collection. It dries very quickly, lasts on the nails pretty long and sparkles on the sunshine. As for neon I love Orly Glowstick shade – it’s very acid yellow, the brightest you can imagine. I’d recommend using a white polish base to make it more opaque and easier to apply (neons can be tricky). For trend color I’ve chose blue shade. Bright cobalt aqua blue – Essie in Strut Your Staff nail polish. It’s part of the new summer collection and I could not not pick it up.

I loved doing this collar – if some of you have any other ideas for my posts or you want to do a collar with me, I’d be happy to participate!

-S

Orange Is The New Black

All orange-lovers out there, our time has come – seems like orange is coming back. I’ve started to notice orange popping up here and there – clothes, makeup, bags, nails…фSo went through my collection and apparently I’m all set for this season – no need to spend extra money – yay.

So, nails… today’s selection is shade and brand varied – from pale to dark, from very cheap to higher priced.

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The true orangeOPI in Atomic Orange. The most typical orange color – tangerine one. It looks pretty simple in the bottle, but once you put it on you see the trick. Every time I force myself to paint my nails with it, but I never regret at the end. Opaque, incredibly flattering, relatively fast drying, long wearing-ish (4-5 days).

The pastel peachKIKO nail lacquer #359. I’ve mention this one already in my ‘Hello June’ post but I cannot pass on that one when it comes to orange shades. It’s a perfect pastel pale peach – no hint of pink, no hint of yellow, just perfection. Looks incredible on both pale and tan skin.

The coralEssie from Resort 2013 Collection in Come here! May be not the most appropriate orange but my heart screams to feather it and my camera begs me to take picture of it. I have a mini bottle (from their mini cube) and actually this Resort collection was one of the best so far. This is a good all rounder coral – a hint of neon so very eye catching.

The brightestEssence Colour&Go in #145 Flashy Pumpkin – the most bright and out there color of the bunch. It literally screams. As for the color it’s as a name suggests warm pumpkin shade. And it’s very very affordable.

The red-ishRimmel Salon Pro in Hip Hop – is it red? is it orange? Hybrid. The beautiful Anna first wore it on the nails and it look incredible. And every time in the video when she wore it, it made me repaint me nails with it – even now typing out this post I’m honestly wearing that polish. It dries very glossy and very fast. And the name… HipHop.

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Here on that picture you can clearly see the shade difference. What is your favorite orange/coral nail shade?

-S

 

Hello June

Those are my favorite posts to write. Honestly. I dig through my stash with such an excitement – trying to pick the perfect products.

And I cannot believe is already June. Damn, the time flies so fast.

This month is slightly different – instead of just selecting certain products, I’ve decided to go with certain color theme. Who doesn’t love a good pinky-coral orange type of shade, right?

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Complexion: I do love a good blush and I rarely skip it in my everyday routine, so this month my picks are the following – MAC MineralizedSkinFinish in Stereo Rose – the recent repromoted product. When I first saw that MAC was bringing it back for a season I made a promise to finally pick it up. I’m glad I did. I love it – highlighting blush is the best. It saves time, it gives glow and it brightens the face. Another option is my all time favorite Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in the shade Tipsy. It’s long lasting – definitely the quality you’re looking for in the summer. And it gives such a healthy glow like you are literally blushing. LOVE IT.

Eyes: I have a lot to talk about here. Let’s start from the budget bits? Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold. The perfect shade of pink for eyes. It doesn’t make you look ill, but still gives a nice wash of color over the lids. Also love apply a bit of it as a blush – look incredibly flattering. MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters – everybody’s love – is there anything else to say? Perfect pinky champaigny shade. Another option is INGLOT‘s eyeshadow in 361M – it’s way more orange than the MAC one, but too brightly, I’d say it lies more in the pastel-ish family.

Nails: Zoya nail polish in Charisma – the brightest magenta I’ve ever seen – may be doesn’t apply perfectly to the pinky-coral category, but I just cannot NOT mention it. So bright, so beautiful and so unique. Essie in Cute As a Button – the perfect shade for summer – make your look tanner and looks more sophisticated then usual pink or orange. And last but not least are my oranges – the red orange one and the peach pastel – Rimmel Salon Pro Lycra in Hip Hop (let’s just have some time to appreciate the name, shall we?) and KIKO in 359 (this one looks incredibly on the toes as well and even better with some tan).

Lips: Let’s be honest here – I’m not a lip product girl, like AT ALL. I barely use my few lipsticks, I don’t have a lip liner, not even one, so the only products I use on my lips are either lip balms or lip glosses. But I do have a favorite ones. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 – probably the most talked about lip product in the blogging community and there is a reason reasons for that. Non-stickey, hydrating, squeeze tube, foam applicator, not shimmery. I can go on and on. The next ones are Tanya Burr Cosmetics lip glosses – the recent launch of everyone’s favorite YouTuber Tanya. I went for non-shimmery ones and more neutral ones – Afternoon Tea and Chic. I have to say, I’m really tempted to try the bright red one and bright fuchsia one.

What are you pinky orange picks for the June?

-S

The Non-Summer Nailpolish

When it comes to summer we tend to brush-off the dust from our bright / eons / pastels nail bottles. Typically I’m one of those girls. But after watching Tamira’s Lip Addict tag, I’ve mentioned that I was all over her nail color, right? It’s a Dior Junon. Right there I knew I want to try those new Dior gels, but there are not out here yet, so I had to find my way out. As usual Essie had my back.

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I did a little shopping-my-stash routine and found untouched Essie Maximillian Strasse Her. It was part of Spring’13 collection and available here for £7.59. It’s not an exact dupe, no! But it’s that shade family. Is-it-grey-is-it-blue-is-it-asphalt color. It is stunning. It’s sophisticated. It’s expensive. It’s eye catching.

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It isn’t you ordinary summer shade, but it still looks appropriate.  I got so many compliments wearing it. So now I think it will become a closer friend of mine.

As usually Essie wears great on me – 5 days with out chipping. When I’m repainting my nails it’s because I get bored with colors easily, but not with this one.

Have you tried that shade? Tell me about your current go-to nail color.

-S

 

WEEK HEROES #16

Again end of weekends and time for my weekly favorites. This week I made myself use some forgot beauty bits, the ones that were collecting dust at the back of my drawers. I think it’s interesting and necessary to change up the routine. Get out the comfort zone.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in #51. This was bought back in May or something (Estee was raving about it even then and it made into her 2013 favs – big deal!) This is light to medium coverage, feels weightless on the skin, looks natural. Back them I didn’t like that – I thought they emphasized dry patches on my skin (apparently I had dehydrated skin then), but this week I’ve decided to give it another go and … I’m in love. It glides on smoothly – obviously my skin got better, yay!

Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera – full review here – this isn’t really ‘dusty’ thing, but I couldn’t NOT use it. Cream blushes are so great for winter – they sink into the skin and look very natural, glow from inside, like you spend whole day outside in the countryside playing / walking / having fun.

Essie nailpolish in Sand Tropez – you know m passion about Essie nail polishes. This is a stunning shade. It doesn’t look mannequin-ish, like some shades can do, it just adds chic look. Easy-to-wear shade. Compliments every outfit. This week I wore it non-stop.

KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in #05 Rosy Brown. Such a gorgeous shade, just like a name suggests – not too brown, not too purple – something in between (more colors and swatches here). You can sheer them out for sparkly veil or you can build them up for intense color. They are creamy, build-able, blend-able – all positive –ables! And very affordable.

Aura Cacia Restoring Rosehip Oil with Vitamin E – I’ve picked it up on iHerb months ago and kind go forgot about it, been using other oils and treatments. Recently pulled that out and started using and it is SO good. It really hydrates the skin, makes it smoother, works great on some blemishes or small break outs – overnight no signs. Will go on using and repurchasing!

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Do you have any products you’ve enjoyed using this week? Let’s share!

-S

The Base Coats

And I’m back…

Thanks to quick and relatively chip service and my MacBook is finally alive. That means that I can blog again. I’ve noticed that I really missed blogging and that whole process of writing a post, taking pictures, organizing every bit. Okay, let’s move on to contents, shall we?

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I’ve already made a post about the top coats I have on rotation at the moment (it’s here in case you’ve missed it) and since that post was a popular one I pulled out my base coats… This is what I end up with…

I don’t have that many base coats just because in order to get it you have to feel it… and you cannot understand if you like a base coat until you use it enough and I don’t like when my beauty bits are collecting dust.

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OPI Nail Envy Original – available here – £15.80. This is a very hyped up staff in beauty community so I just couldn’t resist buying it and see for my self its miracle work. Actually this is my second bottle, I’ve used one up already (some shipping issues) but this is a good base coat – no nail staining, the nail polish lasts pretty decent amount of time – no complains what so ever. As for treatment it actually did okay. It made my nails hard, seems like they split less but I’m not wowed. Others raved so much, but me… I’d say it is overpriced for its benefits.

Essie First Base – available here – £8.26. This is a slightly recent addition to my collection but so far so good. It seems to be working especially great with Essie colors – 5 days with no chips. It dries quickly and seems to be acting like a sticker – me likey. It adheres the nail polish and makes them stay chip-free for longer. And it’s cheeper, but no additional treatments and I don’t care as I get what I want.

Renunail Nail Strengthener – available here – £17.85. This is more of a treatment than just an ordinary base coat. It suppose to harden your nails, renew them, help them grow, eliminate flacking / chipping / breaking and all those things. Sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? I had to give it a go. You have you use it though very consistently – a coat per day for 2 weeks. I couldn’t do it 2 weeks, but I did a week. I think…I’m afraid to tell out loud, but…I think it works. I’m planning on coding a 2-week-course, so I’ll updated you on that.

And the base coats I’m eyeing after I finish one of the above: CND Stickey Base – Kate makes me wanna buy e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g and now I’m determined. I NEED THIS in my life. ASAP.

What are your favorites base coats or the ones you use now?

-S

Saturday day-in

I do like to go out sometime, but mainly for a chitty-chat with friends and of course not staying I’m late – not a fan. Those clubbing days are far behind – I more prefer a day in with some cup of coffee, good movie, some skincare or beauty staff and perhaps a company to share food and mood.

Today is the inside day. A bit of pampering can never hurt. On today’s menu we have:

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For starters – face mask. I love me a good mask. During the week I tend to use something light and easy, not too fussy, but on the weekends – the whole other story. Today’s option is Aesop Parsley Seed Masque. I know I know…Everyone talks about it, but it’s damn good one. Do-it-all mask. The skin feels so refreshed, clean and smooth after. More here.

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For main course – a new mani. I miss my pastels during cold times. Cannot help myself. I did some digging through my collection and pulled this buddy out – Essie in Lilacism. Such a warm lilac color. Since I just can’t go plain – I’ve done some triangle nail art several nails with a pure purple. Looks kinda cool.

For dessert there is an actual desert. The pampering isn’t complete with out some food. I love apples. It’s probably my favorite fruit (except exotic ones of course!) – I love any apples as long as they are crunchy. My fav one are Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Fuji. The best. I love them bare sliced / with cinnamon / baked. Today I’ve went for simple. But the recipe for delicious baked ones  is coming soon! Stay tuned for that!

*Oh gosh, I can write the whole post just about apples – sick*

 

For extras there is a new Allure issue – January 2014! What can be more calming than flipping pages full of beauty junk? So fascinating… And how gorgeous is that eye makeup on the cover. Cannot stop staring at it. 

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Hope you guys have a good Saturday!

-S

The Reds

Is there any better season for red nails then winter? Don’t think so. Being a complete nail polish junkie I love me new bottles which results in a enormous amount and I own reds more then any other shade. So why not show you my favorite ones? I do have some pretty identical shades in different formules, but suppose there is no point in showing 5 similar reds (even I can barely see the difference, though I can justify the every purchase), so there will be a slight mix of shades.

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The pure red – Essie in Aperitif – as red as the red can be. Opaque, glossy, dream to work with, wide brush – well, you know the deal with Essie nail polishes and yes, I do have a love relationship with them. My trusty buddies.

The affordable – KIKO #239 – this is a huge thumbs up from me. You get color pay off, chip-free 5 days, comfy brush, sleek tube, vast color & texture selection and did I mention the price? £3.90. Don’t know about you, but I’m head over heels in love.

The burgundyEssie in Bordeaux – I’ve already talked about it, and do you see how good it is that it deserves a separate blog post? Well, check it out yourself here.

The a-little-bit-of-everything – OPI in Malaga Wine. This is the golden middle – not too bright red not too dark. If Both Essie from above would have a baby polish – this is it – something in the middle. Yet sleek and flattering. If I want something more calming and sophisticated and mature (ha-ha) I got for this one. And compliments any outfit.

The luxuryChanel in Dragon #475 – I think every girl should own at least one Chanel nail polish, not matter how crappy the formula is. Next day chips occasionally? Been there! But isn’t it just chic – think bottle with black lid and those CC on top? Fascinating. The color as usual with Chanel polishes – unique. It may sound completely silly but it really differs from other reds. Honestly.

So as you can see I love a good red. It looks cool on the nails, it perfect any outfit and of course catches men’s attention. Trust me on that one, they do pay attention on the nails, so keep them cared!

Do you have a red favorite I should try next?

-S

To-do: pampering edition

I love me some pamper – whether it’s a weekend thing or pick-me-up during the week. Depending on the amount of time I have I vary the program. But when it comes to Christmas pamper, well, this is the moment to go wild.

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I love to start with cleansing my face, so I can then slap on a mask. I use my Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm first and then apply any of my favorites mask, which I’ve already talked about here. Here I went with Aesop Parsley Seed one – multipurpose guy.

Then there is a bath on the menu – relaxing, scented one. Plug on you favorite movie or a TV show, pour some essential oil or melt a bath ball and escape from the real world for 20 minutes. Follow up with volumizing shampoo and conditioner – Kerastase Bain Volumactive Shampoo and Kerastase Bain Volumifique Conditioner, we all want that voluminous I-just-got-my-hair-done style, right?

Time for skin- and haircare. For hair I’ve picked my newer baby – Kerastase Ultimate Elixir. On a damp hair couple of pumps, distribute evenly and brush through. With skin there is more fuss a.k.a more products. Body hydration – Body Shop Body Butter ‘ Raspberry’ (I need a bit of summer during the colds…) Toners – for exfoliating – Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, for hydrating – Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Serum – predictable choice – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Moisturizing wise – mix of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and Claring Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. This is a mind-blowing combo, a.k.a. fresh glowy rested skin!

Moving on to ‘meni-pedi‘… Fresh nails – it’s a key. Take a cuticle remover – Sally Hansen one for instance and a tool and push the cuticle back. The pick colors of your choice – my wining combo is red+sparkles. The cut made OPI ‘Big Red Apple’ and ‘My Favorite Ornament’ as an accent nail. For toes I went plain red. Gentle nourish the nails with some oil (Essie Apricot Oil may do or some natural oils like  jojoba oil / even olive oil) or cuticle butter – Burts Bees Lemon Butter. For toes hydration I went for Gehwol Balsam Normale Haut – hydrates, calms down, sits lightly. Thumbs up!

Now you are ready for fussy socks and cosy pajamas. To finish of the pamper watch some Christmas movies, I think it’s just a perfect timing. Need some movie ideas? I got you sorted here. What a calming, tech-free evening? Well, my Goodread’s page is a solution. Have you seen a widget on the right side column? Yep.

What is you favorite part of pampering routine? Hope you are having a great time, guys!

Unfortunately it’s last but not least post in my Christmas series. Hope you enjoyed! I real enjoyed doing them and if you have any post request, please leave them in the comment section.

-S